Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Plum Berry Crisp plus tips on freezing berries!

blackberries

You have no idea how good it feels to finally be back here, sharing a recipe with you. My life has been all sorts of crazy lately. Soon after I got my camera back from the repair place (it was gone nearly 20 days!!), we had company staying with us and then my sweet puppy Otis was bitten by a rattle snake.

plums

Since then, it has been non stop Otis care, doing everything we can to get him well. At first his prognosis was not good at all - we were all prepared for the worst. But this crazy dog has too much life in him, the rattle snake wasn’t enough to bring him down. He’s home now, and expected to make a full recovery. It’s so incredible to be able to write out those words, we were so sure he wasn’t going to make it. We should probably rename him miracle!

crisp filling

In all the hullabaloo, the month of July passed me by in a blur. Only today have I had the time to get in the kitchen and bake up something new. I wanted to use what was in season, so I picked up a bunch of fruit from my local orchard. Blackberries, blueberries and plums galore.

beauty shot

This crisp is a celebration of August, with its late summer fruit, and a dash of cinnamon in the topping to hint at fall. It’s sweet, and a little tart, it may be my new favorite crisp recipe, the berry and plum combination is incredibly tasty.

plum berry crisp

Plum Berry Crisp
adapted from Epicurious

For filling
1 1/2 pounds purple plums, cut into 1/2-inch wedges
1 1/2 cup blueberries
1 cup blackberries
1/2 cup packed light brown sugar (I used white sugar, as I was out of brown, you could cut down on the sugar if your fruit is super sweet!)

For topping
1 cup rolled oats
1/4 cup all-purpose flour
1/3 cup packed light brown sugar
1/2 stick unsalted butter, cut into bits and softened
1/4 teaspoon cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon salt

Preheat oven to 425°F with rack in upper third.
Toss together all filling ingredients in a 2-quart shallow baking dish and bake 10 minutes.
Meanwhile, blend together all topping ingredients in a bowl with your fingertips until butter is evenly distributed and mixture is crumbly.
Stir fruit filling, then sprinkle oat mixture over it and bake until topping is crisp and golden and fruit is bubbling, about 30 minutes.



I have tons of berries left, so I thought I’d share my tips for freezing them fresh. I meant to take pictures but, well, I forgot!


1. wash and dry the berries throughly

2. lay them in a single layer on a cookie sheet

3. freeze for about 2 hours

4. remove from freezer, place in zip lock bags

5. put them back in the freezer

6. enjoy a taste of summer even in the dead of winter!


Freezing them on the cookie sheet is the most important part, that way you don’t have big clumps of berries in your freezer. You can remove the amount you want to use without having to defrost the whole bag!

63 comments:

  1. Yay!! Happy to have you posting again, and I'm so glad Otis is okay!

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  2. holy delicious! looks amazing. and i'm so glad otis pulled through!

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  3. This recipe sounds positively delightful! Thanks for sharing and so glad Otis is making a full recovery!

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  4. Yay for the pup making a recovery, obviously he has a big heart. :D And thanks for sharing this lovely recipe and esp for the tips on freezing berries!

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  5. This looks absolutely perfect. Pass me a fork because I want some right off the screen right now.

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  6. so happy to hear of your little miracle!! what a wonderful thing.

    and those shots are so gorgeous

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  7. Glad to hear your puppy is okay!! This looks and sounds delicious! I love any recipe with the word "crisp" in it!!

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  8. I'm a fan of crumbles but I usually make them with frozen berries in the winter. However, since I have a glut of peaches on hand, I might just try this with my freshly picked blackberries! And so glad that Otis made such a fabulous recovery! Hooray!

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  9. Glad to see you back and so glad your dog is okay. Your crisp looks scrumptious!

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  10. So happy to hear Otis is A okay, how stressfull for you all :( Lovely recipe, can't wait for blackberry season here on the west coast!

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  11. I so happy to hear Otis is doing so well!! Yippee!

    What a wonderful dessert!! I soo need to bake something too, but the heat is a killer!!

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  12. I just made a crisp last night ... great minds think alike!! And, I feel like nothing screams Summer more than a great berry crisp. Your blog is a joy to read and I always love the photos. XO!

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  13. Poor otis :( Glad he's ok! This looks awesome and has made my day as I just bought a whole lot of plums... yum

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  14. this looks amazing! I've been looking for a good crisp recipe - I like them so much than cobblers or pies. Oats on top let me trick myself into thinking they're a lot healthier, even though there's still a bunch of butter and sugar in there. hahah

    And that's great about your dog! My cat actually is named Miracle for a similar reason

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  15. So delighted to have you back with a lovely recipe, healthy dog, and working camera. Welcome back!

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  16. So glad you're posting again! I've missed you. :D
    And it's good to hear Otis is fine. I think summer is just a busy time for all of us. It's been crazy lately!

    Lovely, lovely post -- words, settings, photos. We use that same method to freeze our berries. It works so well.

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  17. Glad you back and everything is fine. Missed your photos

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  18. I am happy to see that you are back and that all is well. Also - the Samoa brownies were awesome!

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  19. This looks delicious! Might have to bribe my neighbor for some plums from his tree. I made a peach and berry cobbler last week. I love fruit desserts in the summer!

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  20. Darling, I'm so glad you're back posting - this looks absolutely heavenly. I would love a piece! I'm also so thrilled about Otis. He is such a wonder dog :).

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  21. Yay! Camera, check. Dog, check. Post, check. :-) So glad Otis is on the mend. And the crisp looks beautiful - next on my to-do list... right after I finish my peach crisp. ;-)

    [K]

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  22. I just recently found your blog, and its now on the top of my reading list!! Your pictures are beautiful and your food looks delicious.

    I have a quick question if you don't mind answering.:) I was wondering what kind of camera you have and what photo editing you use? Thanks in advance!!

    Blessings
    Emily~

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  23. hi emily! i use a canon digital rebel xsi and edit with lightroom.

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  24. Hannah, so glad you are back I was really missing your recipes and your beautiful pictures. I'm even happier to hear Otis is recovering...I can only Imagine how worried you must have been!

    *Navya

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  25. Hi Hannah,

    I don't think I've ever commented before, but you are in my Reader and your photos always make me happy :)

    ami

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  26. So wish i could dive into this berry crisp right now. Your crisp and your blog are amazing! Glad to hear that your puppy will recover from that yucky rattlesnake. Scary indeed.

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  27. That looks so great. Love the cinnamon that hints at fall... except... don't go there yet! We just got summer here in Seattle! :)

    So glad Otis is recovering, and you got your camera back. Things are looking up!

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  28. That looks like a wonderful recipe and thank you for your freezing tip!

    We have a puppy and also live in a high risk rattle snake area. You may not know this but they have a new vaccination for rattle snake bites (it's a series of shots)which we opted to do despite the data being inconclusive as to the effectiveness. You are so fortunate that Otis is doing well and will make a full recovery!

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  29. I'm SO glad to hear your puppy is going to make a full recovery!! AND being without your camera for twenty days... ugh, no wonder July flashed before your eyes.

    This recipe looks divine, I can't wait to try it out! Thanks so much for sharing and I look forward to learning new recipes from your gorgeous blog.
    Sending your pup plenty of hugs and get well soon wishes!

    xoxo,
    Bonnie

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  30. What a tasty combination of summer fruit. Definitely will try this one out!

    I hope your sweet puppy is completely recovered very soon. Poor little thing.

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  31. Hannah! Have missed your posts - so happy you're back. This looks delicious! Have you posted pictures of Otis? Would love to see him, too!

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  32. I'm so glad Otis pulled through - that was a scary few days for you, I'm sure. Now seems like the perfect time for a crisp - a celebration of summer and of your camera and of Otis :)

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  33. What a delicious crisp! I love crumbles, crisps - you can change the whole dessert just by changing the fruit. Delicious and comforting!
    Tks for the tips - and for the beautiful photos as well!

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  34. This looks addictive. Crips are my all time favorite. Thanks SO MUCH for sharing!

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  35. So glad Otis is doing better. You've been in my thoughts and prayers. Love this dessert!

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  36. I wondered where you had made off to. I am glad Otis is on the mend :)

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  37. delicious! i'm glad you got your camera back! i was missing these amazing photos!

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  38. Beautiful crisp!! Glad to have you back and Otis home safe and sound :)

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  39. so glad your doggie is going to be fine! that must have been so scary. poor thing.
    the crisp looks gorgeous <3

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  40. Sorry about Otis. I'm glad he's doing well now!

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  41. Aw...I'm so glad you got your camera back and your puppy, Otis, is okay. I loved that shot of his cute paws! The crisp looks beautiful!

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  42. I am sending you a (((hug))) for the the last month or so. This looks fabulous!

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  43. So glad you are back and well ... and making delicious cobbler! Yum.

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  44. Glad your puppy is okay!! Glad you're back in the kitchen.

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  45. hi, I have book marked your blog on my blog and just love your photography and recipes

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  46. So glad to hear your dog is doing well. This looks delicious!! Thanks for sharing...

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  47. Crisp is by far my favourite dessert. Excellent combo of berries and stone fruit!
    -maria

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  48. Poor Otis! Glad to hear he's on the mend!

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  49. Yikes! Hope your puppy fully recovers.


    and that crisp, man, that looks amazing. I have been wanting to bake a berry pie, but I just might have to give this a go instead.

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  50. hello love,

    sometimes i dread coming to your site just because i know you'll have baked something delicious that i want to eat but i won't have time to go and make it myself. this crisp is the perfect example. yum yum yum, get in my tummy please?

    anyway, i linked you on my blog! yay!

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  51. Happy to hear all is going so much better! That little Otis is one tough cookie. Love your fresh summer crisp. :)

    Hugs from Mexico,
    Patty

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  52. So glad to hear your puppy will be ok! I bet that was such a rough time, being a big animal person myself. This crisp looks amazing and your photography makes my all swoon-y ;)

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